In my letter on “Racism” I was accused of not doing any research.
Here is a short summary of the beginning but not the end of my research. The reason that I have lived in Europe is that I was teaching university courses to military students at U.S. military bases. One day a black student wanted the class to discuss American racism. He told the students he was an MP who had served in Iraq, and while on leave that he was stopped by a white police officer for a minor traffic violation. Since he was a cop himself, he cooperated fully. He showed the officer his military ID card but was told to exit the vehicle and he was shoved up against the vehicle and handcuffed while the officer checked him out. He heard the officer say on his radio that the person he had in custody was a “N.” The military cop was finally sent on his way.
I pointed out that I did not think this kind of thing occurred anymore since the passage of the civil rights acts in 1964-65. Other black students said that they had similar experiences. I asked if any of the white students had like experiences and the answer was no. My black students told me over and over again that if you are black in America you can expect to have negative encounters with the police. Maybe some would not call this racism, but simply good policing.
Francis W. Reuterman, Belleville